The week that was...

* Floods in many parts of South Africa

* Easter - stay calm.

* Ben 10 Day 4

* Pass of the week


An incredible volume of rain drenched parts of South Africa from Gauteng all the way down to KZN and the Wild Coast. We don't have all the accurate figures yet, but the cut-off low generated huge damage to infrastructure, business and private property. Amongst the worst hit was Toyota's plant in Durban. The cost in lost revenue is incalculable. Mop up operations are underway at the time of this newsletter being written.

Our sympathies go out to all who have lost loved ones. As if KZN has not endured enough drama in the past 12 months!


Wishing all of our subscribers and followers (now totalling 98,500) a safe and relaxing Easter weekend.

Each year the carnage on the roads over the Easter weekend continues unabated with seemingly no real solutions at hand. We can only offer some sage advice:

1. Try and drive along secondary roads, which carry less traffic and a lower speed limit.

2. Rest if you feel tired

3. Stop every two hours for a leg stretch and some refreshment

4. Avoid driving at night.

5. Avoid rushing to your destination.

Wild Coast Tours

Bookings for the Wild Coast Tour (V4) Pondoland will be closing on the 20th April. 

Booking for the Wild Coast Tour (V5) Mbashe will be closing on the 30th April.

Our Wild Coast Tours are legendary. Join us for 9 days of scenic overload, technical driving, fun, camaraderie and adventure as we take you safely through one of the most stunning parts of South Africa, where you will discover the true heart of the Xhosa people through stories, folklore and interaction.

Ben 10 Eco Challenge - Day 4

The rain continued with the now familiar pattern of being partly cloudy in the morning, with the rain settling in around noon each day. Our route took us from the Mountain Shadows Hotel along the R56 to Barkly East and then a gravel road down to the Kraai River at Loch Bridge. The river was running strongly as we spent some time discussing the history of the Loch Bridge and the 7th and 8th rail reverses a little further up the Tierkrans Pass.

This beautiful pass is cut into the side of a mountain, and angles down from a high plateau in the New England area to terminate at the historic Loch Bridge over the Kraai River. This part of the world is famous for its wonderful scenery, and in this case the pass also offers up spectacular views of the reverses and the rail bridge belonging to the now-defunct railway that was built through this gorge.

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